Melissa Dunbar, founder of Big Fish Events Group, is one of Australia’s top event ‘producers’ (as she prefers to be called) and has been working in the industry for decades. She discusses the wiggly road she took before she started her own company (the story of how she got her first job in the industry is a cracker!)
From presenting herself on the doorstep of channel 9 early on in her career to William May’s (acclaimed creator of Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience) later on in her career, Melissa is a strong believer that if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.
A lot of Melissa’s success has come from saying yes to opportunities and working out how to do it later – totally fearless. She also talks about how one of her biggest lessons has been learning when to say no, whilst still finding the best solution to a problem. Success has also come from taking the initiative and picking up the phone to continuously build her pipeline. Persistence is key and Melissa emphasises the importance of nurturing and feeding inspiration to build success. Melissa just gives things a crack and just gets it done.